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QCD Recognized with Best in Biz Gold Award for Environmental Program of the Year

December 13, 2023

Today, the Best in Biz Awards announced that Quality Custom Distribution (QCD), a Golden State Foods (GSF) company, has earned a 2023 Gold Award for Environmental Program of the Year. With fleet electrification, renewable diesel fuel, and solar energy initiatives advancing QCD’s sustainability journey in recent years, this award showcases the industry-leading innovation and continuous improvement priorities that QCD continues to champion throughout its U.S. foodservice logistics operations.

"This recognition truly reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of the entire QCD team in successfully pursuing technologies, solutions, and best practices that position us on the leading edge of sustainability in our industry and beyond," said Ryan Hammer, Corporate Senior Vice President and President, QCD. "In close partnership with our customers, we intend to continue our sustainability journey and share the progress that’s helping shape a better tomorrow for all of us."

Recognizing environmental and community initiatives implemented in 2020 and 2021, GSF previously received a 2021 Best in Biz Gold Award for Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year. In 2020, GSF earned a Best in Biz Gold Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year, based on the surplus bottled milk hunger alleviation initiative that KanPak U.S. launched during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2022, the Best in Biz Awards honored former GSF Chairman and CEO Mark Wetterau with an Executive of the Year Silver Award in the Large Companies category (1,000+ employees).

As the only business awards program judged by independent panels of prominent news reporters and respected editors from top-tier publications, the Best in Biz Awards occur annually in two separate, geography-based programs, including North America (Canada and U.S.) and international (open to all companies anywhere in the world). The organization honors top-performing companies in a range of categories, including Fastest-Growing Companies, Innovation, Customer Service, Leading Executives, Enterprise Product, and Corporate Social Responsibility.


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